in 1849, River Bend Cemetery was originally called Elm
Grove Cemetery. "River Bend' was thought to be more
appropriate due to the unique and beautiful location on
the eastern bank of the Pawcatuck River.
cemetery tour will reveal a unique tale of the people and
events that made this community so special over the last
two hundred years. Hundreds of war veterans from the Civil
War, the two World Wars, and up to the present,
as well as two Congressional Medal of Honor winners, are
interred at River Bend. The monuments at River Bend tell
many stories of untimely death, local politicians, doctors,
and hurricanes. In a wider sense, River Bend tells the
story of our community in art and memory.
cemetery abounds with magnificent granite carvings created
by artists and their descendents,
brought to the area to work in the granite industry.
Some monuments are large and intricate ... some small and
They are all works of art and labors of love.
Bend Cemetery has always been dedicated to maintaining
this property as a beautiful river landscape with ever-evolving
plans for improvements in horticultural aspects, as well
as maintenance and upkeep of roads and buildings. The cemetery
is a beautful place for the living to come and celebrate
the life of a deceased loved one in a tranquil and caring
Bend Cemtery is managed by a Board of Trustees who are
lot owners in River Bend Cemetery (proprietors). The Board
of Trustees employs a superintendent and oversees the financial
affairs of the cemetery, as well as maintenance and improvements.